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Trick Or Treat Risks: Is Halloween Candy Poisoning With Marijuana Real?

Trick-or-treating can be a fun and spooky experience for children. However, as Halloween is approaching fast, some parents have raised concerns that some people may use the celebration to expose kids to marijuana. 

Halloween candy poisoning has been a major concern in some communities in the U.S. There have been reports that some residents add marijuana to candies and other treats that they give to children. 

Police and public health officials also launch campaigns every year to warn parents about the risk of drug-laced candy. For this year’s Halloween, police in Johnstown, Pa., focuses on THC-infused Nerds ropes, according to Slate

Marijuana intoxication can cause increased appetite, changes in mood, sleepiness and balance problems. The effects of marijuana on children depend on how they were exposed. 

Smoking marijuana can cause symptoms within 5 to 30 minutes. However, the effects of ingestion of foods made with the drug could stay for 1 to 4 hours or longer.

Children are also at risk of overdose when they eat an edible form of marijuana. Ingestion has stronger and prolonged effects than smoking in children under 12 years old, according to Children's Hospital Colorado.

However, experts said parents should not worry about such trick-or-treat risk. Halloween candy poisoning with marijuana is likely to occur because the making of an edible form of the drug can be much more expensive than buying a pack of candies. 

For example, licensed dispensaries in Seattle sell marijuana candies at around $3.25 for a single 10 milligram gummy or caramel candy. Some chocolates and cookies containing the drug also reach as much as $10 each. 

A bag of 60 fun-size pieces of the good Halloween candy, including Twix, M&Ms and Snickers, would cost only $11 on Amazon or 18 cents per piece. In some cases, a single marijuana candy is five times more expensive than typical candies and chocolates. 

Another reason that adults may not want to add marijuana-based food to their trick-or-treat bags is that giving the drug to minors is a crime. A single offense can put you in jail for up to 10 years. 

Several states also have policies that require food manufacturers to add labels on products, indicating it contains marijuana and to make the packaging child-resistant. The list includes Alaska, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. 

halloween Police and public health officials launch campaigns every year to warn parents about the children's risk of exposure to marijuana while trick-or-treating during Halloween. Pixabay

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